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Michael Morse gets on track with two-homer game
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Giants outfielder Michael Morse got his bat going Wednesday, in a 12-10 win over the Rockies.

Morse played a big part in the win, driving in four runs after totaling just one in his previous three games. All four runs came in on a pair of home runs, his fourth and fifth of the season, as he finished the game 2 for 4 at the plate.

Morse has been stuck in a bit of a slump recently, but is now hitting .279/.338/.559 on the season, with five home runs and 15 RBI in 22 games.  

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Hector Sanchez shows rare power
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Giants catcher Hector Sanchez has a well-deserved reputation as a light-hitting reserve, but he turned that script around with a huge performance Wednesday against the Rockies.

Sanchez, who entered the game with just six career home runs in 164 games, slugged two to help the Giants to a 12-10 win. He went deep for a solo home run to give the Giants a lead in the eighth, and then came up with a grand slam in the 11th to give the Giants the win.

He finished the game 2 for 6 with five RBI, the latter of which is a career-high total. He is now hitting .161/.206/.419 on the season.  

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Clayton Kershaw to begin minor-league assignment Friday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

As expected, Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw will begin a minor-league rehab assignment Friday, as he continues to recover from a back injury.

Kershaw is expected to start for Class A Rancho Cucamonga, and will likely throw between 50-55 pitches in his first action, according to the Orange County Register. He will need to make at least one more start beyond that, though it is isn't yet clear just how quickly Kershaw's rehabilitation will move.  

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Aaron Hill's four-hit game lifts Diamondbacks
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Diamondbacks got a big boost from infielder Aaron Hill Wednesday, as he provided the margin of victory in a 7-5 win over the Cubs.

Hill came up big late wit his two-run triple in the ninth inning, but he was solid throughout the game. He went 4 for 5 overall with two RBI, though he did not score despite reaching base four times.

Hill has gotten off to a slow start to the season, hitting just .240 through 24 games, though he did raise his batting average 31 points in Wednesday's game. He has one home run and 10 extra-base hits among his 23 hits total. 

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Royals not worried about Aaron Crow's reduced velocity
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Royals pitcher Aaron Crow has averaged 92 mph with his fastball this season, well down from his career average of 94.6 mph, but the team isn't concerned with the reduced velocity, the Kansas City Star reports.

"His velocity is down two or three miles an hour," manager Ned Yost said. "But it’s early in the year, and he’s still building up arm strength. They’re still getting their arms underneath them, if you will."

"I feel fine," Crow said. "I think I’ve learned over the last few years, I mean, it’s great when Greg [Holland] can go out there and blow guys away with 96, 97. But there’s times when I was throwing 95, 96, and it just seems like guys pick it up earlier or something. It didn’t have the same ride on it at the end. I think I’ve been more successful when I’m trying to throw sinkers. Instead of trying to blow it by them."

Crow has yet to allow an earned run in seven innings over nine appearances, striking out four and walking three while surrendering two unearned runs.

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Adam Eaton likely to miss Thursday's series finale
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton said Wednesday he will likely be unavailable for Thursday's series finale against the Tigers, Comcast SportsNet Chicago reports.

"He’s thinking properly," manager Robin Ventura said. "He’s getting closer. He's able to do stuff. I don’t think we’re heading for a (disabled list) type of thing. You still have to watch him just because of who he is, his personality. You can probably use other words that aren't as nice. He just kind of plays hard and goes 100 percent all the time. As much as he’d like to think he can hold back, he doesn't play that way. We have to be the ones to hold him back."

Eaton hasn't played since Saturday due to a hamstring issue, but it sounds like he won't need a stint on the disabled list before returning.

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Fernando Rodney picks up win vs. Astros Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Mariners closer Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth inning of Wednesday's game in a nonsave situation and wound up earning the win after giving up one hit and one walk in a scoreless inning of work against the Astros.

Rodney (1-1) also recorded a strikeout in his appearance while keeping his team's deficit at 3-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth. The Seattle offense delivered back-to-back singles to open the inning before Kyle Seager blasted his second home run of the game for the win. Rodney has recorded three saves while posting a 1.42 ERA and 10:4 K:BB ratio in 6 1/3 innings.

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Kyle Seager delivers walkoff win with second homer Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager went 2 for 3 with a walk, two home runs and five RBI in his team's 5-3 win over the Astros Wednesday.

Seager kicked off the scoring for his team with a two-run home run in the seventh inning, which was his first blast of the season. He came back to the plate with two men on and one out in the ninth inning with his team down one and ended the game with his second homer of the day. Seager has been struggling at the plate this season, hitting just .179/.304/.328 in 67 at-bats, but perhaps his heroics Wednesday will give him the jolt he needs to get on a hot streak.

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Padres release Alberto Gonzalez
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Padres released minor-league infielder Alberto Gonzalez Wednesday. The 31-year-old was hitting just .208/.218/.264 through 19 games at Triple-A El Paso. 

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Josh Fields blows save opportunity with three-run home run
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Astros pitcher Josh Fields blew a save opportunity Wednesday for the first time this season, giving up a walkoff three-run home run with one out in the ninth inning of his team's 5-3 loss to the Mariners.

Fields (0-1) gave up singles to the first two batters of the inning before striking out Justin Smoak for his first out. However, Kyle Seager was able to knock his second home run of the day to seal the deal. Fields, who was pitching for the third straight day Wednesday, owns a 4.82 ERA and 12:4 K:BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings.

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